vernacular[vər nak′yə lər]
- Vernacular is common language spoken by average citizens of a particular place, or is language used within a particular field or industry.
- An example of vernacular is English in the US.
- An example of vernacular is medical terms used by doctors.
- using the native language of a country or place: a vernacular writer
- commonly spoken by the people of a particular country or place: a vernacular, as distinguished from the literary, dialect
- of or in the native language
- native to a country or region: the vernacular arts of Brittany
- designating or of the common name of an animal or plant, as distinguished from the scientific name in Modern Latin taxonomic classification
Origin of vernacular; from Classical Latin vernaculus, belonging to home-born slaves, indigenous ; from verna, a native slave, probably ; from Etruscan an unverified form versna, hearth ; from verse, fire
- the native language or dialect of a country or place
- the common, everyday language of ordinary people in a particular locality
- the shoptalk or idiom of a profession or trade
- a vernacular word or term
- the vernacular name of an animal or plant
- a. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.b. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region: the vernaculars of New York City.
- The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group: in the legal vernacular.
- The common, nonscientific name of a plant or animal.
- Native to or commonly spoken by the members of a particular country or region.
- Using the native language of a region, especially as distinct from the literary language: a vernacular poet.
- Relating to or expressed in the native language or dialect.
- Of or being an indigenous building style using local materials and traditional methods of construction and ornament, especially as distinguished from academic or historical architectural styles.
- Occurring or existing in a particular locality; endemic: a vernacular disease.
- Relating to or designating the common, nonscientific name of a biological species.
Origin of vernacularFrom Latin vernāculus, native, from verna, native slave, perhaps of Etruscan origin.
- The language of a people, a national language.
- The vernacular of the United States is English.
- Everyday speech or dialect, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language.
- Street vernacular can be quite different from what is heard elsewhere.
- Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.
- For those of a certain age, hiphop vernacular might just as well be a foreign language.
- (Roman Catholicism) The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.
- Vatican II allowed the celebration of the mass in the vernacular.
- (national language): lingua franca
(comparative more vernacular, superlative most vernacular)
From Latin vernāculus (“domestic, indigenous, of or pertaining to home-born slaves”), from verna (“a native, a home-born slave (one born in his master's house)”).